The biggest and most prominent art institution in Düsseldorf with roots back to 1710 when Elector Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz and his wife Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici founded a collection of painting an a gallery building. The collection consists of Dutch and Flemish paintings from Rubens and Raphael to Modern and contemporary pieces by Kirchner and Nam June Paik. Temporary exhibitions often combine contemporary works with historical pieces from the own collection. This is also the case in ‘Behind the curtain’: a huge and wonderful exhibition about concealment and revelation taking you from the famous paintings by Titian to wrappings by Christo.
Kunstsammlung NRW K20
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 brings you an encounter with outstanding art works of the 20th century. On display in the collection of K20 are paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations by artists ranging from Henri Matisse to Gerhard Richter, from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol. Besides the rich permanent collection, several special exhibitions are on show in the building like the marvellous ‘Cloud & Crystal: The Dorothee and Konrad Fisher Collection’ expo.
Kunstsammlung NRW K21
Situated in a spectacular historic building with a striking glass ceiling in the middle of an Imperial Pont houses the contemporary 21th century collection of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. K21 is simply a great museum; fantastic exhibitions and collections, incredible building, superb restaurant: everything comes together here. Must-go!
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf / Kunstverein
From the beginning in 1967 this concrete block on Grabbeplatz houses this the independent institutions together. The Kunsthalle has a distinguishing conceptual approach to art and presents art that stimulates discussions with a social discourse.
Cultural centre focusing on new media art and contemporary culture in exhibitions, symposia, fairs, screenings etc. NRW Forum tries to address issues currently shaping our society, with a critical approach towards the latest developments in cultural technology, especially regarding the Internet. This is a place for “new art” not “high art”, easy to digest, but always fun.
KIT | Kunst Im Tunnel
Super cool art space located in a tunnel under the Rhine Boulevard with a strong connection and dedication to young artist of the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
Julia Stoschek collection
Julia Stoschek is an icon of the international jet set and collector of new media art. This is her own private museum and she recently even opened a second establishment in Berlin! Her collection of more than 400 video works is impressive.
Brand new exhibition space in an old glass factory in hip and happening Flingern, named after the two children of collector Gil Bronner. The collection, consisting of over 1300 works varying from video installations to works on paper by international established artist to works from artists fresh out of the academy, is on show besides curated exhibitions. The space is huge and there’s a cool bar to have a drink and a roof top sculpture garden planned for 2017.
KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation
The foundation, started by entrepreneur Monika Schnetkamp, focuses on the go-between art and science and other close related cultural disciplines. Located in hyper modern MedienHafen, this is a go-to place to see the newest, most current art of our time.
This Art Academy is world famous. Artists like Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Sigmar Polke used to study here, to only name a few!
GALLERIES IN FLINGERN
Before Flingern became hip and happening these galleries where already there. Take a stroll through this cool area filled with coffee shops, concept stores and bars and make sure you stop by at these top-of-the-bill galleries for your shot of art.
No.1 gallery in Düsseldorf and far beyond. Founded in 1967 by the celebrated collectors and gallerists couple Konrad and Dorothee Fisher representing a group of well-established international artist. Konrad Fischer was first to show American artists such as Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, and Robert Smithson in Germany and hereby kick-started the minimal movement worldwide. The gallery is still the only European representative for Bruce Nauman.
Schönewald Fine Arts
Very high end and polished white cube gallery launched by art collector and -dealer Paul Schönewald in 1992 focusing on German and American post-war and Contemporary art. Represented artist include Donald Judd, Sigmar Polke and new talents like Wilhelm Mundt.
The Conrads gallerists couple is dedicated to both, new and mid-career artists, creating a dialog between different generations of artists of different cultural backgrounds and working with all kinds of media.
Offering complex art, regardless of age, gender or origins with some relevance within this time and society.
Situated in a former monastery, the name of this gallery is simply referring to the gallery owner (Michael Cosar) and House of Maria Theresia (HMT). Inside you’ll find a modern white art chapel devoted to the work of Melissa Gordan, Martin Klimas, Sara Size and more.
GALLERIES ON POSTSTRAßE
For an easy art fix go to the galleries on Poststraße in the old town; four galleries together in one building!
Neuss is a small meaningless little village not far away from Düsseldorf. You would probably never go there, if it weren’t for the fact that some of the best art institutions you’ll ever see are located on Neuss countryside only a stone’s throw away from each other. Seriously I recommend EVERYONE to go there at least once in your life! I guarantee you; this little trip outside of the city will make your visit to Düsseldorf even more special!
Museum Insel Homboich
A museum like no others! A fusion between landscape, architecture and art. You can wonder around and spend the whole day in this park filled with “walk-in sculptures” designed by Erwin Heerich. The museum/park is housing the private collection of Karl-Heinrich Müller, varying from works by Yves Klein and Hans Arp to cultural objects and East Asian art. A truly special place.
Incredible building by famous Japanese Architect Tadao Ando! Architecture and art really intensify each other. Always top notch exhibitions of internationally renowned artist, presented in the best way possible.
Skulpturenhalle | Thomas Schütte Foundation
Lindenweg, Junction Berger Weg
Brand new exhibition pavilion build by famous German sculptor Thomas Schütte who got inspired by the combination of a match-box and a Pringles chip for the design of the building;)